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DC Sports Nut: Nats, AGAIN??
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     Well, the title alone might grab your interest anyway...

     I debated writing this piece. But, I figured I'd be doing a grave injustice if I didn't put in my two cents on such a distressing issue.

     This past week, "Outside the Lines" did a story on children being taught mixed martial arts. In the report, there were kids as young as 7 being shown the rudimentaries of MMA. Now, I've said here in FanNation that MMA is something I can take or leave...so normally this wouldn't bother me.

     But yet, I started to think more about this.

     I can understand if you're 15 or older wanting to take up MMA. I've got no problem with that. It's just (to me) I'm of the opinion that a child when he (or she) is under 13, you're not prepared physically, emotionally or psychologically for losing. I don't care if it's MMA or beauty pageants; you just aren't up to the task of competing at such a young age.

     And that's why I equate beauty pageants (for girls under 13) and MMA (for boys under 15) with child abuse.

     Look, I have no problem with Miss America, Miss USA, etc. It's just that I can't see the rationale with putting a 10-year-old girl through that type of emotional abuse. All this does, is expose the vanity of the mother. Same with MMA (or any other sport) for boys under 13: the failings of the father are on display.

     All I'm saying is, parents need to exhibit some restraint in deciding what is best athletically for their children. Quite honestly, it doesn't make jack poop to me whether you agree or disagree with me on this. It's my take, and I'm sticking to it.

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